Monday, December 26, 2022

ICYMI: Boxing Day Edition (12/26)

Due to the No Work On Christmas policy here at the Institute, we have postponed the weekly digest until today, when some of you will need to sit and recover from yesterday anyway. Here's some reading from the previous week.

Beware of the so-called parents right movement

A local school board member warns about the rise of certain extra-noisy parents.

Culture Wars at Schools Increase: Undermine Educators, Block Respectful Dialogue, and Make Students Feel Unsafe and Invisible

Jan Resseger takes a deeper look at some of the forces behind the culture wars, and the unhappy results.

Speaking of culture war baloney. In Texas, a community decides to just trash the local library because there were Naughty Books seen there. 

It just takes one of these folks, and this one is an actual teacher. Judd Legum at Popular Information has the story.

And when a librarian has finally had enough of these shenanigans? She has some words, in public.

Education and “Aligning with Industry Demands”? Enough, Already.

Lots of folks had some thoughts about Secretary Cardona's string of ill-considered tweets, and the indispensable Mercedes Schneider really nailed what was wrong with them.

Who is Education For?

Steven Singer answers the age-old question (spoiler alert: it's not for corporations).

Rann Miller looks at the New Jersey law requiring media literacy to be taught in school, and looks at what such literacy must include.

Texas greenlighted a felon to train school board members. Now education officials are examining their rules.

This is what happens when you hire the same folks that Florida uses. You get crazy fraudsters running your education training programs. What could go wrong? The Texas Tribune has the story.

The FBI’s Warning About ‘Sextortion’ and Kids: What Schools Can Do

From Ed Week, a problem that hasn't been on most peoples' radar but which the FBI says is getting worse. 

At this week, I was busy. A reminder to Josh Shapiro that PA already has a seriously unregulated an unwatched voucher program. The education chief in New Hampshire is getting sued over their education savings account program. Which comes on the heels of Kentucky's tax credit scholarship funding system (on which their ESAs depend) getting thrown out by the court. 

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